“Transformers” Sets New Fourth-of-July Record

Transformers: Dark of the Moon” reset box-office records over the long Fourth of July weekend with close to $400 million in worldwide revenues, studio estimates showed.

Since opening on Tuesday, the third installment in the “Transformers” film franchise has earned an estimated $181.1 million in North America, surpassing previous record holder Spider-Man 2’s $115.8 million in earnings over the same period in 2004. “Dark of the Moon” also beat Spider-Man 2’s Friday-Sunday haul of $88.2 million with an estimated $ 97.5 million. Overseas, Transformers 3 also raked in the money with $217 million in gross revenue.

Last week’s top film in the North American box office, “Cars 2,” slowed down amid the stampede of robots, adding $26.2 million from Friday to Sunday to slide to number two. The Cameron Diaz starrer “Bad Teacher” landed in third place with $14.5 million, followed by the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts comedy “Larry Crowne,” which debuted with a disappointing $13 million despite the proven star power of its lead stars. The alien-themed movie “Super 8” of JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg rounded out the top five with $9.5 million.